The youngest Harris brother’s story: Booker Harris…
They were best friends until they became roommates.
Booker Harris has spent the last several years pushing himself to become the best goalkeeper in the Championship League. Tired of living in the shadows of his headline-splashing brothers, he has finally carved a path of his own.
As a child, Poppy McAdams was content in her own little make-believe world, until the boy next door with dimples and pained eyes came barreling into her makeshift fort demanding all her attention.
Best friends for most of their lives, everything changes when Poppy abruptly leaves London for University.
Now she is back, and gone is the awkward girl from Booker’s youth. She has been replaced by a stunning woman with secrets.
Secrets that Booker is desperate to know.
Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent.
I am chuffed to bits with this British sports romance series, and Keeper by Amy Daws is such an incredibly sweet, soulful, and passionate story!
Booker is the youngest brother in the Harris clan and completely different than his twin brothers, Camden and Tanner. Where they were so unabashedly cocky, Booker was the quiet one of the bunch, more of an introvert, and very adverse to change. He hid so much of himself, but underneath he had such depth to his sweet character. Booker held onto everything dear to him so tightly. He was incredibly loyal and would do anything for his family, and I truly admired his intense focus and determination towards his sport. He was so passionate in everything he did and had so much heart!
I loved Poppy’s unique and light hearted spirt in life! Her personality was fun, outgoing, and charismatic – so different from Booker’s serious and brooding one. Poppy had the ability to bring Booker out of his shell, which made them a perfect complement for each other. Their friendship just seemed to fall into place so easily for them. However, deep down they each had their own fears and secrets that could possibly jeopardize and complicate everything between them.
Man, these two!!! Booker and Poppy were so adorable, and I loved how much they cherished each other. I understood their conflict and fear, but their passion was so strong that it made sense for them to be together.
…I feel the constant pull of energy wafting off of him. All directed at me. It’s overwhelming. I’m not drunk on alcohol. I’m drunk on Booker Harris. On the possibility of what could be going through my best friend’s mind.
Their story was told with both Booker and Poppy’s points of view, with flashbacks to their youth showing how special their childhood friendship was between them. However, I was surprised that Booker was so clueless, bullheaded, and stubborn at letting Poppy into his ‘net.’ Their push and pull was a bit frustrating for me, and I had a few ‘let’s get on with it already’ moments. However, the ending was perfect and actually brought tears to my eyes. Booker was so freaking sweet!
Poppy was a perfect addition to the crazy Harris clan, and I loved her newly formed friendship with Belle and Indie in the story. They totally cracked me up!
Before the end of the night, I realise that Belle and Indie are master manipulators. Grade-A, psych ward level shit. Like maximum penitentiary prison type psychoses. Like Harley Quinn and The Joker from ‘Suicide Squad’ are fuzzy puppies with good temperaments next to them.
Camden and Tanner’s stories in Challenge and Endurance were laugh out loud funny, and although Booker’s story was a bit more serious, I really enjoyed the contrast in them. It still had all of the light-hearted and fun touches that I continue to just adore with this family!
Passion, passion, and more passion! I love how Amy Daws incorporates so much passion and heart into her writing. She gives her unique characters such warmth and combines it with such fun and humor in her stories. Her creative storylines completely pull me in and give me just enough angst to melt my heart every time. Although she is a newer author to me, I continue to be impressed and have truly enjoyed each of her books!
This is definitely one of my favorite series, and I highly recommend it to everyone. I am also very excited to see that It looks like we might get Gareth’s (the eldest of the brothers) story next, which I am definitely looking forward to. Although these can all be read as standalones, I wouldn’t short change yourself by not diving into them all!
*** 4.5 Stars for Me! ***
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I manage to sneak up beside her as she’s chatting with Vi, and she jumps nearly a foot in the air when she lays eyes on me.
“Booker!” Vi yells, pulling my focus off of Poppy. She wraps me in a hug. “Fucking aces game, my love. That last save. It was amazing! I can’t wait to watch it on the highlights I recorded at home. Seriously, career best save by far.”
I smile sheepishly as everyone else gives me a pat on the back, but the one I’m most curious for a reaction from remains silent. When their attention turns to something Rocky does, I step toward Poppy and nudge her with my elbow.
“Hello.” My voice is quiet as I lean over her, inhaling her scent—a vast improvement from the sweat and dirt wafting off of me.
“Hello,” she replies, looking up at me as she frowns with a puzzled expression.
I smirk as I continue to tower over her. “How’d you like the game?”
Her eyes fixate on my mouth as I lick my lips. As if in some sort of daze, she twitches slightly and swallows. “Good seats.” Her cheeks flame red.
This amuses me and I have to bite my lip to stop from laughing. Of all the things she could have said after never having seen me play, she comments on the seats. It makes me want to tackle her to the ground and tickle her until she admits how bloody good I am.
I quirk my brow. “That’s all you have to comment on?”
“Oh yeah, good game or whatever.” She flicks her wrist in the air like today is any old Saturday and she didn’t just witness my career best save.
This makes me snicker. She can be stubborn as a mule sometimes. Determined, I straighten my posture, looming over her even more now and trying to silently intimidate her into admission. I want to hear her fucking say it. I want to hear her say I’m great. I’m not usually a cocky sod. My ego isn’t one that needs constant attention. But fuck me, after a game like tonight, I can’t help but want praise from my best friend.
I pierce her with a challenging look. “Did you really just say whatever?”
Her tongue swipes across her glossy lips as I move in even closer. She starts twitching and murmurs so low I can barely hear her, “Are you seriously trying to keeper me right now?”
Other books in the Harris Brothers Series (FREE In Kindle Unlimited!):
Challenge (Harris Brothers, #1)
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Endurance (Harris Brothers, #2)
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